Michael Houston http://wuis.org en City May Set Retirement Age For Police Force, Mayor Vetoes Zoning Change For Liquor Store http://wuis.org/post/city-may-set-retirement-age-police-force-mayor-vetoes-zoning-change-liquor-store <div><div><div style="text-indent:36pt;margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="2"><span style="font-size:16px;"><font face="Tahoma" size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">The City of Springfield may be looking at setting a mandatory retirement age for all new police hires.&nbsp; During Tuesday’s city council meeting, both the city’s mayor and police chief say they support a cut off at age 60. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 22116 at http://wuis.org Springfield Mayor's State of The City Address, Full Audio http://wuis.org/post/springfield-mayors-state-city-address-full-audio <p>Springfield Mayor Michael Houston celebrates his administration's accomplishments since he took office in 2011.&nbsp; He addressed the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce in the Prairie Capital Convention Center.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:10:06 +0000 Lee Strubinger 21686 at http://wuis.org Springfield Mayor's State of The City Address, Full Audio Full Audio of Oak Ridge Cemetery Closed-Talks http://wuis.org/post/full-audio-oak-ridge-cemetery-closed-talks <p>Before Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting, Springfield City Council held a special meeting to release the full audio from a November 5, 2013 executive session discussion about Oak Ridge Cemetery.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Michael Houston said release of the audio required majority consent of the council.</p><p>The vote came after a Sangamon County Judge John Schmidt ruled the discussion a violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.&nbsp; The topic of the audio is a plan to seek proposals for private management of the city-owned cemetery. &nbsp; The plan has since been abandoned.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:56:09 +0000 Lee Strubinger 19827 at http://wuis.org Full Audio of Oak Ridge Cemetery Closed-Talks Springfield Pension Problem Worst in State According to Think-Tank http://wuis.org/post/springfield-pension-problem-worst-state-according-think-tank <p>A conservative think tank recommends the City of Springfield switch its employee pension system to a 401K style plan rather than a defined benefit.</p><blockquote><p>"First and foremost you need to make sure the data is pure." -- Budget Director William McCarty</p></blockquote><p>The&nbsp;Illinois Policy Institute presented aldermen data that indicate the city of Springfield has the worst funded pension system among larger cities in the state.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:30:49 +0000 Lee Strubinger 19740 at http://wuis.org Springfield Pension Problem Worst in State According to Think-Tank City Of Springfield Could Settle Police File Shredding Lawsuit http://wuis.org/post/city-springfield-could-settle-police-file-shredding-lawsuit <p>The City of Springfield could be close to settling a lawsuit over destruction of police records.&nbsp; Springfield Mayor Mike Houston has filed an ordinance that would settle the case for $102,964.10.</p><p>Aldermen could vote on it Tuesday night.&nbsp; The proposal says Calvin Christian, who filed the suit, would receive about $30,000 while his attorneys would get much of the remainder.&nbsp; Christian took the city to court after documents he had sought under the Freedom of Information Act were destroyed.&nbsp; The city would admit no wrongdoing under the deal.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:24:44 +0000 Sean Crawford 13898 at http://wuis.org City Of Springfield Could Settle Police File Shredding Lawsuit